For the past week and a half, I’ve been getting jokes about the ruckus I have caused in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, etc. At first, I had no clue what they were talking about, but of course it quickly dawned on me they were making a joke about the hurricane. My name has been very popular since the advent of Hurricane Katrina. Now that it has actually hit, no one has made a joke about it.
I saw footage on the news last night of parts of Mississippi and Louisiana submerged in water. It’s so sad. I feel so sad for all the people out there who have lost their homes. I also saw footage of people who chose to stay at home and then had to be rescued from the rooftops of their houses. Hello! If people are telling in advance that a freaking hurricane is going to come and demolish your community, wouldn’t you get the fuck out of there?! I know, I know…it’s probably hard to leave your home behind. For some people, their home is everything they got and they have nowhere else to go. Some people may not even have the means to get out of town or have loved ones who need them to stay. Some people may not have even believed that the hurricane would be that serious. Barring all obstacles aside though, I’d like to save my life more than my personal property and get the hell out of there.
The government doesn’t have a tally yet for many lives were lost due to the hurricane. Fortunately, unlike the terrible tsunami that hit Asia less than a year ago, people were warned in advance of the impending disaster so some people had a chance to escape.
I don’t have any family or friends living in the areas that were hit. The only connection I have is that the hubs and I got engaged in New Orleans in September 2001. I heard last night that the French Quarter was under 9 feet of water! The very area were Mardi Gras is celebrated is under 9 feet of water! Unbelievable. It’ll take years and years and years to rebuild these communities. Just check out the horrible news stories. These communities have to deal with helping the people, getting aid from the government, rebuilding, as well as policing the community since disaster leads to chaos (e.g., looting, assaults, etc.)
My thought and prayers goes out to everyone affected by this natural disaster.